Thursday, 26 August 2010

Isabel Scholten

This really should be a post about 'New Face' Isabel Scholten, but I'm posting these shots up because I'm in love with the styling! Whose the Stylist?
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Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Just Incase You Forgot...

{Art} Gil Elvgren

Yesterday, I made a trip to the Kennett & Lindsell ltd showrooms as I desperately need a dress form. They were extremely helpful and were more concerned with saving me money and catering to my needs rather than lining their pockets. I cannot wait to actually make a purchase. One of the forms they showed me was specifically designed to help with making corselets and it had a lovely silhouette with a nipped in waist. As they were being so nice to me I thought it would be too rude to ask if I could take pictures, but it looked a little bit like this….
(But with bigger boobs)

Louis Vuitton

Now we’re only just starting to see that silhouette make what may just be a comeback in fashion, but I’ve always loved it. It may be because all the women in my family carry that shape, but when I stumbled across the work of American painter Gil Elvgren, that was it for me. I remember for my AS Art portfolio, I painted my own African pin up girl wearing an Ankara print bikini (I had to incorporate fashion in there somehow).

I came across some before and after images of his work, and being a nosey person that likes to see the creative process behind the works of artists and designers, I kind of found the difference fascinating.

It’s like Photoshop the early years don’t you think?

Another thing that caught my attention was the styling in his paintings.

I can’t find the be fore’s and afters for many of his work but it would interesting to see if he included the detailing when painting (which would say a lot about how much attention to detail he paid to fashion) or if the models did the styling themselves (in which case, good job girls)

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Friday, 20 August 2010


I've been on a shopping ban for a while now. I had a huge clearout a while back but for some reason my wardrobe is (once again, and a bit too soon) full of clothes and as my current account is also feeling the effects of the recession, I've put myself on a shopping ban. However, I had to lift that ban "just one last time".

To ease the guilt, I tend to come up with reasons/excuses as to why I've bought something. If I see something I really like (see: Primark open toe boots) I have to get it in as many colours as I can-not really an excuse but I bought them in black then saw that they had it in beige and just had to get them. I think this will be the last time I ever buy a pair of shoes from there again, as I had a situation earlier this week where the soles of a pair of Chanel-esque flats I had bought from there ended up "talking" (I think you know what I mean).

The cardigan.... well I'm prepping for winter. I mean, I have faith that our so-called British summer will return one last time before Autumn fully moves in but you've got to be prepared.

The tapered ticking stripe trousers from Topshop are an item I've had my eye on for while, but never got round to purchasing, which was a good thing because I then found them in the sale for almost half the price. My love affair with skinny jeans is dying very quickly (I'm starting to despise that restricted feeling).

I've finally got a baseball jacket! I've wanted one for ages but all the ones I've come across have never been quite right. This one's a slightly too big for me but I love it, and it keeps me incredibly warm. At the moment, I've been wearing it with leggings (I'm council to the core) and white lace up jazz pumps, but I want to see what it will look like with heels.

"What I Wore Today" anybody?

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Love Magazine #4

I'm yet to purchase a single issue of Love magazine, but the Rosie Huntington-Whitely cover (very Jessica Rabbit no?) is tempting me to pop that particular publication cherry.

Here are the rest of the covers:

what/who on earth is Buela?? She looks like a porcelain cross between Gemma Ward and Sasha Pivovarova.

Will You be buying?

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Monday, 16 August 2010

Editorialize: Bianca Balti - Harper's Bazaar Spain // Arlenis Sosa - Deutsch

Model: Bianca Balti
Photographer: Txema Ysete
Stylist: Juan Cebrian

Why do I love this spread? Something about the photography reminds me of Vogue covers from the seventies, but it also reminds me of "The Supermodels". I just love it.

Model: Arlenis Sosa
Photographer: Tony Kim
Stylist: Kasia Pysiak
Make Up: Stephen Dimmick

You all know I stan for Arlenis, and I'm so in love with this spread and her amazing bone structure that I had to make my three favourite shots part of the banner.

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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Bloggers Block//Wishlist

I have bloggers block at the moment,and what do you do when you have bloggers block? A wishlist that's what.

Asos//Topshop//Urban Outfitters//New Look


Friday, 6 August 2010

Merci // Corrine Bailey Rae

Thanks to everyone’s comments on the DIY post. I was kind of unsure about doing one (seeing other DIY bloggers work either knocks you confidence or deludes you into thinking you can do better – I experienced the former) and I’m always a bit funny nervous about showing anything I’ve done (notice how you’re yet to see my graduate collection?) but it was alright. I haven’t had the chance to make anything this week and the blade on my overlocker has gone blunt, but I still want to make the dress in the sketch, so maybe that will be next.

I’ve been a Corrine Bailey Rae fan from the moment I heard ‘Like A Star’. When she made her much anticipated return this year, I also became an even bigger fan of her hair. She’s currently one of my hair porn stars (that sounds so wrong).

I can’t wait to try this one out.

I’m arming myself with:

and John Frieda frizz ease and/or Fantasia ic Hair polisher

I just hope it looks half as good as hers does, however with my hair being mix of 4a & 4b curls I know it’s going to be a battle.

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Sunday, 1 August 2010

DIY: Jumpsuit

This post is long overdue.
Earlier this year I promised (either myself or you guys-I'm not sure) that I would do DIY posts, and after swearing not to ever touch a sewing/overlock/coverstitch machine again, I've found myself being drawn back into making clothes again.

I've been doing quite a bit of making recently (I made my graduation skirt, and an outfit for a christening) so there should be some more DIY posts in the near future.

Alexander Wang's Spring/Summer 2010 collection was one my favourites on the S/S'10 collections purely for it's take on luxe sportswear, and it provided inspiration for the fabric.

[The dress on the left I will be making later]

I'm awful at documenting things, because it was only once I had pinned the pattern pieces down that I remembered to take pictures

Necklace-New Look
Shoes-New Look

It does look slightly different to the drawing-the sleeves for one are fitted when they were supposed to be baggy. I can't remember why I kept them fitted but it may have been down to me being too lazy to alter the sleeve block but when I'm making the dress I'll try to sort that out.

My face wasn't camera ready which is why it's blocked out.